BECCA PIZZI

My father inspired me to run when I was 6 years old. I have never stopped, competing through college. I recently made history by becoming the first American female to run 7 marathons, on 7 continents in 7 days. What an honor to represent our country. I loved the test of endurance and strength. and to show my 9 year old daughter Taylor that she can do anything she puts her mind to. I just completed my 17th Boston Marathon, and I am completing a marathon in all 50 states, I am 29 states in. I am incredible lucky to have CoolCore on my running journey with me!

Facebook               @beccapizzi

Instagram              @beccapizzi

Twitter:                  @becpizzi

SARAH CANNEY

Sarah is author of RunFarGirl.com, freelance writer, running coach, and creator of Run Far Gear and Rise.Run.Retreat. After running on the roads for nearly 14 years, Sarah recently transitioned to trail and mountain running and is an avid snowshoe runner and recently competed in the World Snowshoe Championships. She is Mom to three little ones, whom she homeschools. Sarah is also a passionate fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock, where her son, Jack received care as an infant. After a nine-year battle with anorexia and bulimia, Sarah has reached a point of peace and freedom and openly shares her journey to recovery. You can find Sarah on Twitter and Instagram as @runfargirl.

Facebook: @saracanney

Instagram: @runfargirl

Twitter: @runfargirl

Website: runfargirl.com

CHERYL HILE

My husband, Brian, says I am like a sports car:  My engine is powerful and has the ability to run for a long time.  However, some of the insulation has been stripped from the wires causing a weak electrical current to the spark plugs.  No matter how hard the gas pedal is pressed, the plugs don’t spark vigorously and the car does not run as well as it should.  That is what it is like living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

In October 2006 I was diagnosed with MS.  Within a year, demyelination had weakened the electrical signal from my brain to my right shin. Because of that, I constantly felt like I was going to stub my toes while walking or running. During a race, I started tripping and falling, and finished the run with bloody knees.  Soon after, I learned the falling was due to drop foot, a common symptom of MS.  I wanted to find a way to keep running but my neurologist told me to “lower my expectations.”  Those words did not sit well with me so I searched on my own for a new way to rev my engine.

I was fortunate to find an awesome orthotist who customized a carbon ankle-foot orthotic (AFO) for me.  It holds my forefoot up at a six degree angle so I no longer fall.  It is because of this that I have been able to continue running.  Almost ten years have passed since my diagnosis and I have completed more than 30 marathons, with Brian at my side and the AFO strapped to my leg.  This is important to me because running is a physical link to the days before I had MS.

I know I am luckier than many MS patients.  I have maintained relatively good health and am able to keep doing my sport.  It is, however, significantly more difficult now.  I am slower than before and sometimes it is hard to get moving as fluently.  My ability is compromised not only by dropfoot but also by other exacerbations that have affected my right thigh.  Due to these newer lesions I am now unable to lift my right foot more than a few inches off the ground and my leg feels heavier.  On bad days it feels like I am pulling my leg through mud.

In spite of it, my mantra is “do what I can and never give up.”  These words motivate me to keep registering for races, and encourages me to put the pedal to the metal all the way to the finish line.  My goal is to be the first person living with MS to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 12 months.  I am definitely not lowering my expectations!  By doing this, I hope to inspire people never to lower theirs. I want to encourage others, with or without MS, they should do what they can and never give up!

I am currently fundraising via CrowdRise for travel expenses because traveling to 7 marathons (with my husband/running partner) is a huge expense!  Especially Antarctica. Please visit my page at CrowdRise. Any donation, small or large, will be of great help. Please know that any funds donated above and beyond our travel needs (we are very frugal) will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

https://www.crowdrise.com/1stPersonWithMStoRun7on7in12

Anticipated Marathon Schedule

September 2016 Cape Town

October 2016 Buenos Aires

December 2016 Honolulu

January 2017 Antarctica

February 2017 Tokyo

April 2017 London

June 2017 Christchurch

JANA RICHTROVA

Jana signed up for her first sprint triathlon in May of 2009, and she never looked back. Her competitive nature was re-born, and she gradually built herself from competing in Sprint/Olympic distance triathlons in 2009, to taking on the 70.3 distance in 2010, and competing in her first ever full IM in October of 2012 after qualifying for IM World Championships in Kona, HI at the Buffalo Springs 70.3. In 2013 racing season, she was undefeated in the 30-34 Age Group, winning the overall amateur title at most of her races including IM Cozumel. In 2014 she set new PR’s for all Olympic, 70.3 and 140.6 distances, and finished 6th AG in both 70.3 and 140.6 WC races.

In 2015, Jana achieved her highest finish at the world championship level finishing 2nd Age Group, 11th Overall Amateur at the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, and followed that up with 4th AG, 14th overall amateur in 2016. Her goal is to reach the top of the podium! Other highlights include USAT Age Group All American honors in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Jana is a full-time triathlon coach with E3 Training Solutions. She is extremely passionate about triathlon, and very excited about sharing her passion for the sport with others.

Blog:  www.czechchick15.blogspot.com

Instagram: @czechchick15

Facebook (Personal):  @czechchick15

Facebook (Athlete): NEW!  @czechchicktri

Twitter: @czechchick15

Tumblr: czechchick15.tumblr.com